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What Computer Skills Do Employers Expect From Recent College GraduatesPhilip Davis Instructional Technology LibrarianRankings Groupings and Correlations4Why is this research important for librarians7What Computer Skills Do Employers Expect From Recent College GraduatesPhilip Davis Instructional Technology LibrarianThe university is responsible for graduating students with the skills necessary to thrive and lead in a rapidly changing technological environment Meanwhile corporate leaders are putting more emphasis on recruiting individuals with an understanding of computers and information systems A nationwide survey by the Olsten Corp of 1481 management systems executives found that computer literacy requirements for all job levels increased dramatically over a three-year period in the early nineties However another survey by HR Focus of 20 human resource executives found a lack of computer-literacy skills in recent college graduates Cornell Universitys Albert R Mann Library has a formal instruction program that reaches nearly 1000 participants in over 60 hands-on computer workshops per semester Workshop topics cover bibliographic research techniques Internet searching principles database searching skills word Processing Spreadsheets and information management Classes are supplemented by several online tutorials Descriptions of these classes and tutorials are located at httpwwwmannlibcornelleduworkshopsThe purpose of our research was to identify the computer skills employers felt were necessary when recruiting recent Cornell graduates The results of this study were part of a larger evaluation of computing across the curriculum in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences This study was also used as a tool to evaluate our librarys instruction program and provided us with a comparison to a 1990 survey of employers faculty advisors and graduates in the school of Agricultural Economics Corporations who regularly visit the Cornell campus to recruit graduating students were our focus population Our questionnaire was designed to gather information on five categories of computer literacy skill 1Creating Documents and Multimedia 2 Working with Computer Programs 3 Managing Databases 4 Manipulating Numeric Data 5 Computer Networks a five-point scale was used to indicate competency levels Of the 300 questionnaires
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